What major gives a student the opportunity to learn by doing? The Bachelor of Communication and The Arts (B.A.) in Theatre at Seton Hall University is co-curricular and experiential. Students learn the craft and discipline of theatre by studying its rich, cultural history; performing in plays; and working on theatre productions. It is a community activity in the liberal arts tradition that requires leadership skills and teaches responsibility. Students learn life skills that go far beyond the parameters of subjective knowledge. They learn how to be self-confident, manage time, find creative solutions, think on their feet, and communicate ideas clearly. Small class sizes and experienced faculty create the best educational environment . Several partial scholarships are available, including the Brownson Speech and Debate Team scholarship, the Lushkis scholarship and the Oppenheimer scholarship.
Theatre and Performance students take a combination of history and performance related classes. Tracks in theatre studies and performance offer courses in the historical background of the stage, acquaint students with theory and criticism, and instruct students in the craft of acting, writing, directing, lighting and stage design. Students gain hands-on experience through the Seton Hall Theatre's multiple productions, and have the opportunity to perform on the South Orange Performing Arts Center proscenium stage, as well as Theatre-in-the-Round and other on-campus venues. Co-curricular experiences with student-oriented activities also include The Setonian newspaper, WSOU FM 89.5 radio, the Public Relations Student Society of America, Brownson Speech and Debate, Theatre Council, and Pirate TV.
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, students must successfully complete the required 45 credits for the major, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. Students must also complete a senior seminar, which involves a final thesis and/or project relating to their field of study.
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